2019–2020 Overture Concert Organ Season Brochure

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2019 | 2020 SEASON

“ 2019 | 2020 SEASON

I am excited to present what I know will be another thrilling organ season that will give our listeners an opportunity to hear the organ in four very unique and breathtaking concerts! Each of our guest soloists will be making their Overture Hall debut and will give the audience a new and memorable experience. Beginning with a performance by one of the finest choirs in the world, I am sure that the entire season will leave everyone wanting more and continue to bring our magnificent Klais organ and program to new heights! – Greg Zelek

The organ is beautiful. And the concert hall is perfect for this kind of performance. – MSO Patron

Welcome to the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s 2019–2020 Overture Concert Organ Season! Under the leadership of our outstanding Principal Organist and Curator, Greg Zelek, Overture Concert Organ performances have experienced a surge of interest in recent years. We’re delighted to have seen so many new audience members of all ages, and we hope to see you at the upcoming concerts. Once you’ve had an opportunity to explore the pages of this brochure, we’re confident you’ll want to become a subscriber and experience all the great music of the organ season. At the same time, please consider becoming a Friend of the Overture Concert Organ. Member support helps keep ticket prices affordable and allows us to share outstanding music and guest artists with our community. Should you have any questions, please call (608) 257-3734 and we will be ready to assist you. We look forward to experiencing the 2019–2020 Overture Concert Organ Season with you! Sincerely,

Ellsworth Brown President Friends of the Overture Concert Organ

Richard H. Mackie Executive Director Madison Symphony Orchestra



Wednesday September 11 7:30 p.m.

Virtuoso is the right word. I for one can’t immediately think of any more appropriate way of describing singing of such staggering accomplishment. – BBC Music Magazine


Trinity Choir of Cambridge Stephen Layton, Conductor Trinity Organ Scholar, Organ

Named by Gramophone Magazine as one of the best choirs in the world, our season opens with the amazing Trinity College Choir of Cambridge. Conducted by Stephen Layton and accompanied on our Mighty Klais, this twenty-five voice choir will present a program of music spanning many centuries that will display their beauty of tone and depth of feeling. These rich voices will make this varied program soar through Overture Hall and leave everyone in the audience breathless. – Greg Zelek

2019 | 2020 SEASON


SEPT Byrd Byrd Tallis Purcell Pärt Tavener Kalinnikov Parsons Lauridsen Mäntyjärvi Howells Howells

Sing joyfully O Lord, make thy servant, Elizabeth Salvator mundi Thou knowest, Lord Bogoróditse Dévo Mother of God, here I stand Bogoróditse Dévo Ave Maria O magnum mysterium Stuttgarter Psalmen Take him, earth, for cherishing Trinity St Paul’s

Sitting front and center at a recent Trinity Choir of Cambridge concert at Grace Cathedral was, sonically speaking, a heavenly experience. – The New York Times

EXCLUSIVE SPONSOR Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation and W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation



OCT Tuesday October 22 7:30 p.m.

2019 | 2020 SEASON

[ Michael Hey ] is “scintillating” and “tremendously virtuosic” . . . “crisp, clean, and enticingly communicative” – The Straits Times, Singapore


MICHAEL HEY & CHRISTIANA LIBERIS Michael Hey, Organ Christiana Liberis, Violin Organist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC and Wisconsin native Michael Hey and Violinist Christiana Liberis (who most recently performed on tour with the Eagles) will demonstrate the tremendous versatility of our great instrument with this diverse program of music for both instruments as well as solo organ. With a program that includes Bach’s famous Violin Concerto in E major and Kreisler’s Praeludium and Allegro, these two artists will have the opportunity to show off their individual skills while blending our Klais with the beautiful tones of the violin. Having known Mr. Hey since our days at Juilliard together, it gives me great joy to introduce this dynamic duo to our audience for the first time. – Greg Zelek Widor Vitali Bach Hakim Elgar Ravel Kreisler

Allegro from Symphony No. 6 Chaconne Concerto in E major, BWV 1042 Capriccio Pomp and Circumstance No. 1 Pavane Praeludium & Allegro

[ Michael Hey ] is described as “flashy” and “exciting” . .. , – The American Organist

SPONSORS Walter and Karen Pridham Charitable Fund Friends of the Overture Concert Organ




The audience surged to its feet even before the last chord died away, applauding wildly till Olivera obliged with two encores. —The Portland Press Herald

Tuesday February 11 7:30 p.m.

FEB 2019 | 2020 SEASON


. . . Entertained his audience with a dazzling display of sonic and technical marvels . . . Olivera is an engaging performer that clearly has found his particular niche and fills it splendidly. – The Washington Post

HECTOR OLIVERA Hector Olivera, Organ Known as one of the most exciting organists of the 20th century, international concert organist Hector Olivera will entertain and exhilarate the audience with an unforgettable performance! Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mr. Olivera has performed all over the world and has had audiences leaping to their feet with applause for years. His debut performance at Overture Hall will feature organ classics like Vierne’s Carillon de Westminster, as well as transcriptions like Oblivion by another Argentine native, Astor Piazzola. He will close the concert with an improvisation on a submitted theme that is sure to enthrall and amaze everyone in attendance. – Greg Zelek Driffill Franck Bossi Bach Vierne Mozart Piazzola Olivera

Toccata from Suite No. 1 Prelude, Fugue, and Variation, Op. 18 Scherzo in G minor Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 Carillon de Westminster Fantasia in F major Oblivion Improvisation on a submitted theme

It is totally impossible, in print, to adequately describe and do justice to the brilliance of his technique. – Manchester Organ Society Magazine

Olivera swept the audience with absolute Olympic virtuosity, and that still doesn’t say it . . . Hector Olivera is in a class by himself. – Atlanta Journal

SPONSORS Gale Meyer Gerald and Shirley Spade



Greg is amazing — his playing touches our hearts. – MSO Patron John Aley Trumpet

Matthew Onstad Trumpet

Linda Kimball Horn

Mark Hetzler Trombone

Tuesday May 5 7:30 p.m.

MAY 2019 | 2020 SEASON

Joshua Biere Tuba

John Jutsum Timpani


Zelek is quite extraordinary in the classical music world. – Jon Hornbacher, PBS Wisconsin Life

GREG ZELEK WITH THE DIAPASON BRASS & TIMPANI In this sound spectacular, we introduce The Diapason Brass & Timpani. The combined sonority of these six outstanding artists will complement the already highly varied tonal range of the Mighty Klais, charging this exciting repertoire with extraordinary brilliance. This unique program of music written for a variety of pairings will include Gigout’s Grand Choeur Dialogue, a transcription of Rachmaninoff’s famous Vocalise performed on horn, and an arrangement of Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor for organ and timpani. The event will have me pulling out all the stops on our great Overture Concert Organ to match the excitement and volume of my colleagues on stage! – Greg Zelek

Stamm Fanfare and Toccata . . . the most enjoyable concert Rachmaninoff Vocalise I have ever encountered. Hillert Three Pieces for Brass, – Bill Wineke, Channel 3000 Organ, and Timpani Gigout Grand Choeur Dialogue DiLorenzo Fire Dance Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 Dinda Nocturne Weaver Toccata Wagner Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral from Lohengrin Guilmant Final from Symphony No. 1 in D minor

SPONSORS William Steffenhagen Elaine and Nicholas Mischler








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PHOTO CREDITS Front cover, inside front cover, p10 (Zelek, Biere, Jutsum), p14, back cover: Peter Rodgers; p4 (Trinity Choir): Benjamin Ealovega



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Become a Friend and make a difference. Each season, dozens of new individuals become a Friend of the Overture Concert Organ by making a gift of support. Their generosity helps us cover the costs of producing the ticketed and free concerts that so many in our community enjoy. Thank you to all the Friends of the Overture Concert Organ.

Becoming a Friend for the 2019–2020 Season is easy! Simply make your contribution on your subscription order form (page 13). Donors who make a gift of $35 or more will be recognized as a Friend of the Overture Concert Organ. Friends, at all levels, have access to exclusive benefits and opportunities throughout the season (view benefits on page 15).



Friends of the Overture Concert Organ (FOCO) play an important role in supporting organ programing. Their support helps us: • Bring you live performances by some of the best organists in the world • Produce a variety of free education and outreach programs including demonstrations and masterclasses • Tune and maintain the Overture Concert Organ


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. . . the best of the best. The choice of music was excellent, beautiful. Mr. Zelek is talented and charming. – MSO Patron

2019 | 2020 SEASON Overture Concert Organ Subscriptions available now! Subscribe to all four performances for only $63.

Seeing and hearing Zelek in action helps explain why praise follows the organist everywhere. – Isthmus

Current subscribers, renew by June 13, 2019 to keep your seats, or request a priority seating change. Subscribe now, before single tickets go on sale August 10, 2019. By phone: (608) 257-3734 Online: madisonsymphony.org/organ19 -20

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